"Has your father ever gone to prison?"
She shakes her head. "I don't think so."
"I don't think so"
"You're lucky. You should be grateful that's never been a part of your life." Takahashi smiles. "I don't suppose you know that."
"Never thought about it."
"Most people don't. I do." (p.146)
"Well, finally, once you become an orphan, you're an orphan till the day you die. I keep having the same dream. I'm seven years old and an orphan again. All alone, with no adults around to take care of me. It's evening, and the light is fading, and night is pressing in. It's always the same. In the dream I always go back to being seven years old. Software like that you can't exchange once it's contaminated."(p.148)
"Let me tell you something, Mari. The ground we stand on looks solid enough, but if something happens it can drop right out from under you. And once that happens, you've had it: things'll never be the same. All you can do is go on living alone down there in the darkness."
Korogi stops to think again about what she had just said and, as if in self-criticism, gently shakes her head. (p.158)